A partnership between one medical school and an ultrasound manufacturer is intended to re-design how students learn.
When you were in medical school, your stethoscope likely felt like an extension of your hand – always by your side and your go-to tool for conducting exams and assessing your patients. For the next generation of medical students, point-of-care ultrasound could take that coveted spot.
At least, that is the goal of a burgeoning partnership between the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University in Nevada and point-of-care ultrasound manufacturer Vave Health, said Amin Nikoozadeh, Vave founder and chief executive officer.
“We want to empower doctors, and ultrasound is the best tool to do that,” he said. “Ultrasound has a lot of utility. In a lot of senses, it is better than the stethoscope in that it allows students to see instead of just hear.”
Starting this semester, Vave will outfit Touro’s medical students with wireless pocket-sized ultrasound devices – that can sync with tablets and smartphones – that they can use for hands-on training in a variety of settings, including clinical rotations, in-person lab classes, or remotely from their home. In addition, each student will also receive a Vave EduPlus Membership that gives them access not only to ultrasound experts, but also to in-app content that can help with medical exam preparation and offer clinical context. The details of what educational details will be included in the app are still under discussion.